The Rev. Kelly Lynn Aiken
June 23, 1947 - July 19, 2021
The Rev. Kelly Lynn Aiken, 74, of Morganton, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at Blue Ridge Medical Center - Morganton, following a period of declining health.
Kelly was born June 23, 1947, in Burke County, to the late James N. Aiken and Betty Walsh Aiken. He was an ordained minister and was a man of strong faith.
Kelly served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1969. He then worked for the City of Morganton as a police officer and was a NC Highway Patrolman in Jackson County, and later retired from the U.S. Army where he served from 1975 to 1993. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Kelly became a social worker for Child Protective Services in Morganton. Kelly was a loving husband and father and he also loved listening to music and playing the guitar at the Drexel Barbershop.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Taylor Aiken, of the home; daughter, Sharon "Sherry" Aiken; and brother, Mike Aiken and wife, Veena.
The family will receive friends Friday, July 23, at Heritage Funeral Service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A graveside service will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Gary Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amorem Hospice, www.amoremsupport.org
; or DAV, www.dav.org
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Published by The News Herald on Jul. 22, 2021.